Category: The Part-time Web Designer

More important than anything else

When I started this blog, at least the original one back in 2000 whatever, it had very little to do with anything other than a place to digitally journal.  I’ve been well aware that I don’t write here as often as I do in my physical journal.  I’m equally well aware that I don’t have the most read blog, or that I don’t put much work into this.  I try to have a sense of humor about it.

Someone has entered my life who is much more important than this blog, and more important than almost anything else that has come before him.  My son has been born.  He’s a cute little guy.

A few weeks ago I had encountered the world of baby-centric tech, along with the predecessor pregnant-mom tech.  I thought these would be a good topic to research and learn more about.  I’ve realized that I’ll have plenty of opportunity to find out about this stuff on the way.  I’ve also realized how unimportant this is.

I’ve realized how unimportant my intentions for sorting my random collection (see messy stack) of maps for the revolutionary war battlegrounds are.  My fascination with FTPing files in the middle of the night is becoming far less important (except backups, always remember to backup!).  That random novel someone gave me months ago because I saw it on their shelf and they didn’t want it:  unimportant.

It’s not that my interests, or intentions for my career, or family have become less valid.  There simply are new priorities in my life.  I see most projects and tasks that weren’t really a priority before, losing ground very rapidly.

I am pursuing the same goals as I was before I had a kid, but I’ve gained a special insight into knowing when one of my projects is a complete waste of time, and when I should cut my losses.

What’s interesting is I feel this is going to give me a renewed joy and depth of interaction with the projects I do really enjoy, but don’t spend enough time on.  Like this blog.  Like calling my family, and long time friends.

Whatever projects I continue, or new goals I find for myself, they will all be viewed through a new daddy-sized lens.

Here is a plate full of HTML whitewashing

I’ve been fighting the good fight about a pure CSS website complete with properly aligned
DIV’s and everything for years. I am *SICK* of it. I do NOT have enough time to design this page properly, and I won’t until I somehow make it pay more than my full-time job. Since that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, I have been reminded again how my fight in the DIV vs. TABLE is a losing battle. When did I get suckered into thinking that a pure DIV rendering would score me points on the web because someone might notice I put some extra work into my site.
Since I’ve been playing wtih Internet Explorer 8 beta I have noticed yet again how Firefox has been paying more attention to W3C standards than I wanted to admit. If the first step is admitting you have a problem, then I need to admit I have a problem. The
nightmare on this page has grown beyond my capacity for control. It isn’t going to stop. I don’t think I can hold on much longer. The
TABLE’s are coming.

Here is an awesome slide presentation on more of the technical items that are changed with IE8 and what other part-time web designer’s need to know.